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12 Days ’Til Camp: Tackling Dummies

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Every day until the start of camp on July 26, we’ll provide one juicy nugget to whet your appetite for the return of football. We’d give you more but the CBA forbids two-a-days. Sorry. Predictably, the CBA has led to an increasing number of missed tackles. We illustrate with the ugly numbers.

When the NFL and its players hammered out a collective bargaining agreement to end the 2011 lockout, coaches around the league cringed. One of the major changes was limits to in-season practices. Teams were permitted only 14 padded practices for the entire season, with one per week for the first 11 weeks and just three for the final six weeks. Coaches predicted tackling would suffer. They were...

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